1492 Pictures

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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Alvin&theChipmunks and BreilLogos

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SubparMario63 and SuperMax124

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1492 Pictures is the production company of director Chris Columbus and was founded in 1994 (with its first film, Nine Months; the following year). It is named after the year the explorer Christopher Columbus landed on the Bahamas, as well as a pun on the former's name.

(July 14, 1995-)

Logo: We start by seeing a thick white line surrounded by red lens flares. As the lens flares disappear, the white line turns right, revealing a huge and detailed compass drawing with the numbers "1492" in it. The camera then zooms out in a box as the compass spins a few times around and disappears while the numbers "1492" remain in the background, which is a landscape of an ocean and clouds. The word "PICTURES" is seen below and in spaced-out letters to fit the width of the box. The waves move in the logo after it is completely formed.


  • Depending on the film, the logo either fades out, cuts to black or cuts to the start of the film.
  • At the end of The Help, the logo is still.
  • There is a television version of the logo where "TELEVISION" replaces "PICTURES". The box also has a green tint to it.

Technique: Impressive CGI animation by R/Greenberg Associates and Imaginary Forces.

Music/Sounds: A very dramatic and heroic orchestral fanfare, composed by Hans Zimmer. Sometimes, it's the opening theme of the movie. None for the still or TV versions.

Music/Sounds Variant: On I Kill Giants, the full logo is silent.

Availability: Common.

  • Seen on Nine Months (debut), Rent, Christmas with the Kranks, Jingle All the Way, Pixels, Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Night at the Museum and its two sequels; among others (sometimes not until the end).
  • This doesn't appear on Stepmom, Bicentennial Man, the first three Harry Potter films, Fantastic Four (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and The Christmas Chronicles saga, however.
  • The TV version was seen on the short-lived reality series 3.
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